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Student leader killer arrested

Bongaigaon, July 6: The CBI has arrested a top militant for his alleged role in the killing of a leader of an Adivasi students’ association.

Chunka Hasda, a “deputy commander-in-chief” of the Adivasi Cobra Militants of Assam (ACMA) — a militant outfit — was picked up from his residence in Jharkhand yesterday for his alleged involvement in the killing of Don Bosko Charmako three years back.

Charmako was president of the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA).

Hasda, who is also known as Ratan Tudu, was produced before the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Dumka, and was remanded in CBI custody.

Charmako was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants at Jacobpur in Kokrajhar district on February 22, 2011.

He was with his wife, Roshibala Tudu, and father-in-law Arthemas Tudu. He was coming from his in-laws’ house at Grahampur to his home at Padmabil in a car.

Grahampur is around 20km from Padmabil which is 1km from Gossaigaon town in Kokrajhar district.

Charmako’s brother, Bartholomio, filed an FIR at Gossaigaon police station on the same day.

Police registered a case (34/2011) under Section 302/34 of the IPC and Section 25(1)(A) read with 27(1) of Arms Act and started an investigation into the killing.

Later, when the CID failed to make any breakthrough, the CBI took up the case and registered the case on January 13, 2012.

In 2013 during investigation, out of the five prime accused, the CBI arrested “deputy commander-in-chief” of Adivasi People’s Army, Rajsekhar Marandi and “chairman” Bijay Singh Lakra on January 10, “finance secretary” Philimon Soren on January 18 and a cadre, Dhana Hembram, on January 7.

A CBI source said Philimon was riding a bike. Dhana, who was riding pillion, shot Charmako from an AK-56 rifle. The fifth accused, Kanhu Murmu, the “commander-in-chief” of the ACMA, is on anticipatory bail.

ACMA chairman Xabrias Xaxa said: “Those members of our organisation who were involved in the killing of Bosko will not be spared and will be expelled if their involvement is proved.”

Charmako’s widow Roshibala said: “My husband told me that he was getting threats from some militants before he was attacked.”

Roshibala, who has been staying all alone at the residence of her in-laws without any compensation from the government, demanded stringent punishment to this accused.

AASAA president Rafael Kujur, applauded the CBI for this “great success” in booking all the culprits who were involved in the killing. He also demanded adequate compensation for Roshibala and her early rehabilitation.


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